Thought of more questions re: postoperative CEA

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Thought of more questions re: postoperative CEA

Postby Punky44 » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:18 pm

So my mom had surgery on March 21 and her first CEA draw was about a month later on April 23. It was 2.1. Is this likely “the baseline” or could it still be going down after surgery? If it is baseline, is that concerning? I see so many of you with numbers 1 or less.

Second question—her next CEA draw will be July 24 and she will have had her reversal surgery a month prior on June 28—could inflammation from surgery impact her CEA a month later?

Basically my anxiety is already building about these CEA draws. Any insight would be appreciated.
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1; 7/24: 1.9
6/28/19 Reversal and port out

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.

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Re: Thought of more questions re: postoperative CEA

Postby stu » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:04 am

Hi ,
My mum’s has always been around 3.5 to 4.5 .
I do think it is slightly higher as you get older . I would not be concerned at all about that . There is inclined to be other inflammatory issues as you head towards 70 . Having watch CEA readings for ten years they do bounce around a little .
No cause for alarm that I can see .
Take care ,
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

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Re: Thought of more questions re: postoperative CEA

Postby Deb m » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:07 am

my husbands jumped around a lot as well. usually ranged from 2.4 to 3.3. On one occasion it jumped to 5.7, but nothing ever came of it. It's stressful to say the least.

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